Q: Is your organization partisan?
A: We are non-partisan. While the presenters or subjects of individual programs may represent a single point of view, over the course of the year, we balance the presentation of "liberal" and "conservative" programs. We also offer our members the opportunity to participate in the exchange of ideas through Q&A at our programs. Every two years we survey our members and ask them how we're doing on our non-partisanship, and in the last survey, 62% of our members felt we were neutral, 20% felt we were moderately conservative, 15% felt we were moderately liberal, 2% felt we were very conservative, and 1% felt we were very liberal.
Q: Is the Council just a speaker’s bureau?
A: No. A “speaker’s bureau” provides speakers to groups seeking them. The Council is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization that, as part of its mission, presents speakers to its members and the general public. We do occasionally work with speaker’s bureaus to engage the services of some of our presenters.
Q: How can I become involved with the Council?
A: That’s easy. Just become a member by filling out the membership information application and paying your first year’s dues. You’ll begin receiving emails and calendar brochures from us that tell you exactly when and where you can connect with us and with fellow members at our public events, member socials, movie premieres and webinars.
We’re also excited to be able to offer you citizen diplomacy opportunities with our International Visitor Program. Call Brett Stanley at (214) 965-8403 to find out more.
If you are a teacher, you can participate in our robust International Education Program. Call Jennifer Bowden at (214) 965-8415 to find out more.
Visit our Membership page or call Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8401 to become a member. Any staff member of the World Affairs Council will be happy to handle your membership at any of our events or via telephone at (214) 965-8400.
Q: How can my company become involved with the Council?
A: A company can become involved with the Council in several ways in order to gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace for the company and for its employees. In effect, the World Affairs Council can become a valuable, unique employee benefit.
Your company can become a Corporate Member to enable all of your employees to be eligible for our membership discount to our public events (whether or not they are members). Three different membership levels also include regular and Contributors' Circle memberships, free program passes and company participation in the International Visitors Leadership Program.
There are other benefits available according to corporate membership level, such as private and invitation-only events, protocol services and the corporate visibility offered by event sponsorship. Please click here to visit our Corporate Membership page or call Whitney Schneider at (214) 965-8417 or Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8501.
Your company or organization can also participate in the Organization-Sponsored Membership program, where the employee or member of the organization gains access to a discounted Council membership of $50 or $60. Call Whitney Schneider at (214) 965-8417 or Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8501 to learn more.
Your company can sponsor individual speaker events. To learn more about event sponsorship or call Whitney Schneider at (214) 965-8417.
Your company can become a sponsor of the H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner. Click here to learn about this sponsorship or call Whitney Schneider at (214) 965-8417.
Q: How is your organization funded?
A: We are funded by membership dues, corporate and individual sponsorships of our annual H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner, corporate and individual sponsorship of speaker programs, individual contributions from members to our Annual Fund and member participation in the philanthropic Contributors’ Circle, and finally, grants from the City of Dallas (for the Office of Protocol), the U.S. Department of State (for the International Visitors Leadership Program), and other international visitor agencies.
Q: What is Meridian?
A: Meridian is the nickname for our young professionals group for members in their 20s and 30s. The long name is Meridian: Global Young Professionals.
Q: How can I join, renew or gift a membership?
A: By visiting our Membership pages or calling Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8401.
To renew, login to your online account and click "Renew Membership" to see your current membership, then follow the renewal link.
To gift a membership, click here.
Q: When does my membership become effective? When does my membership expire?
A: Your membership becomes effective on the day we receive your membership dues. Your membership expires one year after your effective date.
Q: Is my membership tax-deductible?
A: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Q: I was a member at the Friend level but I can’t find this level when I go to renew my membership. Can I renew at the Friend level?
A: We discontinued the Friend level, but we invite you to renew at the Regular level ($75) or upgrade to the Contributors’ Circle Donor level ($250). If you’d like to talk about the respective benefits, call Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8401.
Q: What is a Corporate Membership?
A: Corporate Memberships are available at three different levels, each of which enables all of a company’s employees to be eligible for the membership discount to our public events (whether or not they are members). The Corporate Membership includes regular and Contributors’ Circle memberships, free program passes, and participation in the International Visitors Leadership Program. Depending on the level of the corporate membership, other benefits may include private and invitation-only events, protocol services and the visibility of speaker event sponsorship. To learn more, please click here to visit our Corporate Membership page, or call Whitney Schneider at (214) 965-8417 or Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8501.
Q: How are my membership dues used at the Council?
A: Your dues are used for general operating expenses such as programs, administration and marketing.
Q: Is my spouse included on my membership?
A: For Regular members, your spouse, partner or one family member sharing your address is included on your membership. Memberships in the Contributors' Circle expand the number of family members who can share your membership. Educator & Student memberships allow only 1 person per membership.
Q: Can I add someone to my membership?
A: Yes, you may add a family member sharing your address. Contact Elaine Tucker at (214) 965-8400 or click here to e-mail her.
Q: What is a Contributors' Circle level membership?
A: The Contributors’ Circle includes five levels of membership ($250, $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000). Contributors’ Circle members have made a philanthropic contribution to the Council beyond the Regular level membership dues, and during the year they receive special invitations to private dinners and briefings with speakers (“Contributors’ Circle Dinners"), invitations to receptions with ambassadors and other dignitaries, priority seating at many of our speaker events and two additional magazine subscriptions (D CEO and World Affairs journal).
Q. Why do I have to have a username and password to register for an event?
A. We need to connect your event activities to your membership record in our database. If you are not a member, we will save your information in our database but in no instance will we ever share or sell information about our database constituents. When you register for events under your username, you will find that some of the information required will be pre-populated for you, which will save you time in future reservation transactions.
You can make up your own username and password, but please do fill out the “password hint” box, so that you can refer to it if you forget your password. If you have lost your password, click here and we will mail it to you.
You can find out the status of your membership by visiting "Renew Membership" whenever you are signed in as a user.
Q: How do I register for an event?
A: Click the “Register for an Event” button on the event or calendar page. If you are not signed in, we will ask you to sign in and then follow the instructions on each page. If you do not currently have a sign in, click the log-in link and then choose "new user registration."
Q: How do I register my boss or another person for an event?
A: If the person attending the event shares their user name and password with you, you can complete the registration as an attendee. Or, you can obtain your own username and password and make the reservation in your name but indicate that you are not attending, just arranging. We will connect the attendees with their database record if they have one.
Q: Do I need to be a member to attend an event?
A: For the vast majority of our events, you do not have to be a member to attend. The price of your ticket will be higher than what members are paying to attend the event. We do have a number of events each year that are open only to members, such as our free movie premieres and member socials.
Q: Will my parking be validated at an event?
A: Sometimes, but not always. We work out parking validation with our event venues whenever possible. We will always let you know if you will be expected to pay for parking at the event.
Q: What is the dress code at your events?
A: Most of our members are coming to our events from their office or from school. Officially, our dress code is “business casual” except for the H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner, which is “cocktail attire.”
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: If you cancel your reservation five business days or more before the event, we will refund 100% of what you paid. If you cancel less than five days and within 24 hours of the event, we will refund 90% of what you paid.
Q: What is the Mallon Award Dinner?
A: H. Neil Mallon founded the World Affairs Council in Dallas in 1951. Our annual fundraising dinner is named for him, as is the H. Neil Mallon Award, which is presented to individuals who have excelled in promoting the international focus of North Texas. The dinner draws more than 750 attendees and is held in the autumn, usually in September or October, at a major hotel. Most attendees are the guests of table sponsors, but a limited number of individual tickets are also available. Since this fundraising dinner represents a significant portion of our operating budget, tickets are priced accordingly. The keynote speaker at the Mallon Dinner is always a high profile individual (past speakers include Dr. Larry Sabato, Thomas Friedman, Scott Pelley and David Brooks.)
Q: Can I attend Mallon if I’m not a member?
Q: I have special dietary needs, can I request a special meal?
A: Yes. At most of our events you can request a vegetarian meal from your server.
Q: Will I receive a confirmation or ticket for the event?
A: If you register online, you will receive an online confirmation of your reservation. If you register by phone, you will not receive a confirmation of your reservation. Events are generally not ticketed. Your name tag at the event will serve as an admission ticket.
Q: I had my picture taken with a speaker at an event. How do I request this photo?
A: Our event photos are always posted to our Flickr page for download. Visit http://www.flickr.com/dfwworld to find your photo.
Q: How do I redeem a complimentary program pass?
A: To redeem these, you should contact Elaine Tucker at 214-965-8401 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When you reach the registration desk, please present your program pass. (Please note occasionally an event may not be eligible for program pass use.)
Q: If I’m already a member, how do I login to my online account?
A: You need to become a registered user on our website so that we can connect your event registrations to your record in our database, and so that you can see your personal membership information.
You provide your preferred user name and password to login to your online account. Click here to register your preferred user name and password to start your online account.
Q: What if forgot my username and/or password?
We can email your username to you or rest your password if necessary. Contact the Webmaster at email@example.com.